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Young cat not drinking. Should I be worried?

post #1 of 4
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My kitty is just over 1-1/2 yr old. She has not had any health problems. But I've noticed over the past 3-4 days that she is drinking very little.

I saw that when I went to refill her water bowls the level didn't seem to have changed. Also I usually see her drinking from her bowl in the bathroom. Have not seen this over these 3 days; did see her yesterday take a small drink from her glass on the kitchen counter.

When I scooped litter this morning about 8:00 am there were two small clumps. Now over 9 hrs later there are not any yet. She did do poop a few hours ago but there didn't seem to be any urine with it.

She hasn't been acting any differently than usual. Although she hasn't seemed to eat as much as usual.

Oh yes, I forgot to mention - she eats only dry food. Will not touch the wet foods & this has been true since she was about 6 months old.

Should I be worried about her lack of water intake? What can I do for her? Should she go to vet for blood work or something? Or should I just continue watching her intake. (And worrying?)

Thanks for any input. Have any of you had this concern with a kitty?

post #2 of 4
You can try floating rose petals in the water, or if she has a favorite toy that floats, put that in there. Ice cubes will work as well. You can also drip some tuna or sardine juice in the water to entice her as well as just a small amt of garlic oil. If that doesn't work, I would call your vet and make an appt.

If you gently grab her by the scruff of her neck, and the scruff stays up when you let go, she is in need of subcutaneous fluids. Also dehydration will make kitty's gums go from happy pink to pale pink in no time, so yes there are dangers in kitties not drinking.

Good luck!
post #3 of 4
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Thanks Hissy,
I did try the scruff of neck test yesterday but with all her fur couldn't tell if it was staying up.

Will try putting one of her balls in the water, don't have any roses. She always refuses fish or fish flavored foods so doubt that would entice her - the quirky thing.

Imagine I'll be phoning vet first thing in the morning.
post #4 of 4
I will think good thoughts. Try the ice cubes they also work to entice kitties to come over and drink.
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